Tom Graham


After an early career in commerce, Tom Graham qualified as a solicitor in 1984 following Articles in local government. Tom was called to the Bar in 2014.

Tom served with County and District Authorities in various capacities and moved into private practice in the City of London in 1988 as a specialist in Town and Country Planning and Environmental Law.

Tom was Chief Solicitor to North Hertfordshire District Council before going into private practice. Tom has held partnerships in two law firms and headed their Planning and Environment departments and is now a sole practitioner. Tom has acted as advocate, in public and private practice, in both civil and criminal courts and at public inquiries for local authorities, defendants, appellants and objectors. Tom has achieved Solicitor’s Higher Rights of Audience in both Civil and Criminal Law. Tom has acted as managing solicitor at a number of major public inquiries.

Tom has a wide range of specialist practice experience including town and country planning, highways, compulsory purchase, commercial development projects and proposals including retail, housing, hotel and roadside services, prosecuting and defending criminal matters, judicial review, local/unitary plans and local development frameworks.

Books entitled “Contaminated Land” (Jordan’s 1995) and “Highways & Development” - currently in draft, for publication by Bath Publishing in March 2019.

VARIOUS ARTICLES

  • “Planning Policy Guidance Note 1 and Presumption in Favour of Development” - Journal of Planning and Environment Law, March 1990.
  • Interest on Costs in Planning Appeals” - Solicitors’ Journal, 22 June 1990
  • Efficient Planning and the Hardy Beast” - Estates Gazette, 29 September 1990
  • The Interpretation of Planning Permissions and a Matter of Principle” - Journal of Planning and Environment Law, March 1991
  • Duplicate Planning Applications: A Scottish Viewpoint” - Solicitors’ Journal, 17 May 1991
  • Intention as a Factor in Abandonment” - New Law Journal, 2 August 1991
  • Planning Conditions and Matters of Timing” - Estates Gazette, 26 October 1991
  • Bearing the Burden of Proof” - The Law Society’s Gazette, 6 May 1992
  • National Policy, a Matter of Weight and Section 54A” - The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, March/April 1992
  • Prematurity and Section 54A” - The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, November/December 1992
  • Presumptions” - The Journal of Planning and Environment Law, May 1993
  • Site Seeing” - Housing Association Building and Maintenance, March 1996
  • Contaminated Land Investigations - How will they work under PPG23?” - The Journal of Planning and Environment Law, July 1996
  • PPG23 and the Duplication of Controls” - The Journal of Planning and Environmental Law, October 1996
  • Clearing the Brownfield Land” - Planning Week, 9 January1997
  • Planning Obligations and the Transfer of Land” - The Journal of Planning and Environmental Law, November 1999
  • The Advance Payments Code and Private Streets" - The Journal of Planning and Environmental Law, Issue 8, August 2010
  • “The Powergen Case and the Emperor’s Old Clothes” - The Journal of Planning and Environmental Law, June 2018
  • “The Carnwath Report: 30 years on (almost). Reflections on ‘nullity’ and ‘invalidity’” - The Journal of Planning and Environmental Law, Autumn 2018